Keeping track of costs

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1. Posted by Toastandjam (Budding Member 3 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Does TravellersPoint have a facility whereby I can see a running total of my travel costs?
If not why not?
I can't find anything , yet this is surely a fundamental requirement for most travellers.

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5388 posts) 16w 1 Star this if you like it!

I personally have no need for a third party program to keep track of my travel costs.

I do keep records on my computer for flights, hotel bookings, reminders for things to see and do and rough budgets, etc. I set a daily spending limit for hotels, food and other interests. I really have no need to track every single nickel and dime item! If I happen to discover something at a good price - I have debit cards for extra cash.

  • I do travel with a smaller netbook computer that matches my larger home computer.

3. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 324 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

I don't see any need for a TP cost-tracking function either. There are already umpty different ways of doing that depending on preference. We also don't do nickel-dime tracking for things like coffee, sodas, ice cream, etc, small snacks, single-use city transport tickets, etc.

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2909 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

There are dedicated apps for all smartphones to track spending. Why reinvent the wheel and try to get a travel website to do it, when that would require a web connection?

Like the others I don't track spending minutiae whilst travelling. I'm too busy travelling.

Nor do I normally have a data connection when travelling. Occasional wifi is fine for the planning I need to do. Beyond that it's good to disconnect a bit. Far from being a fundamental requirement, I think that falls under too much connection for me. Need to scroll out from the device and let your eyeballs see the scenery.

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6059 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

> this is surely a fundamental requirement for most travellers.

Clearly not. I've met many, many people who travel extensively...many have done so for years and years... and have never yet met one who needs nor desires what you consider a 'requirement'. And neither do I.

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2909 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

I do have some friends who logged in a paper notebook their every spend during a travel year. I think this was for a blog.

During the few weeks I joined them, it seemed a right faff.

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 7209 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

It is actually something I've considered in the past to be a potentially handy feature.

The real answer to why it exists is that there is only so much I can do in a day and this just isn't critical enough to justify spending time on.

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 2053 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

My husband keeps a spreadsheet on our computer while we're traveling. It just takes a few minutes a day to log things in. If you don't want to travel with your computer, you can put a spreadsheet on your phone. Easy enough to do . . .

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2542 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

My grandmother and my mother kept account books of what they bought. My mothet would give my dad $5 for the week (this was in the depression when a paper was a penny and a ride downtown on a streetcar was 2 cents. At the end of the week they would figure out what the money was spent on and take money to make it up to $5.00 again. If they couldn't balance the books they put the excess in the GOKs jar or took money from the GOKs jar to balance (GOK is God only Knows) When I was first married, I also kept budget. But after awhile you kind of get so you know whether you should buy something or not. And you don't need write everything down anymore.

When I was working I had a little notebook where I kept track of my mileage, parking fees, meals etc. (because I could be reimbursed for that on my expense account) I had a little stapler and I stapled the receipts to the page for that day. This was in the 80s and 90s. - I did the same for non-work trips I took in the 90s.

Then after we bought a sailboat in 1998, we were traveling on our boat (going south in the winter), I kept a spreadsheet of expenses such as docking costs, diesel fuel, groceries, electricity and water charges, and phone bills. I had plenty of time to do that because everything goes slowly on a sailboat. I used those spreadsheets to make the first travelogues on VT.

But I don't need to do that anymore. I know what I can afford and what I can't. It's not rocket science.

[ Edit: Edited on 24 Nov 2023, 21:43 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

10. Posted by Didier57 (Inactive 4 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

During a trip I am not interested to know if that day I spend 10 dollars more or less than the previous day, I just want to know how much it costs overall , so for me that kind of facility is not a fundamental requirement .

But I understand that it’s a necessity for some people, who do not want or cannot exceed their budget.
In that case probably there are many tools available, or there is always the good old pen with a notebook.